2012 Distinguished Achievement Awards

Anne Bingaman

Anne BingamanOther than Mary Walters at the Marchiondo firm, Anne Bingaman was the first woman hired at a law firm in New Mexico when the Modrall firm made her an associate in 1970. In 1972, Dean Frederick Hart hired her as the first woman law professor at the UNM School of Law.

She practiced antitrust law from 1977-93, in Santa Fe with Dave Davenport and Lindsay Lovejoy, and after 1983 in Washington, D.C., where she moved with her husband, Jeff, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1993, President Clinton appointed her as the first woman to head the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  

In 1999, she became chairman and CEO of Valor Telecom, later a New York Stock Exchange company, which she founded with others, including Henry Rivera, William. E. Garcia, Edward Lujan, Gov. Toney Anaya, Ambassador Ed Romero, and former Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan.

She also founded Soundpath Conferencing, which she sold in 2008. Bingaman played a leading role in New Mexico's adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment, the revision of laws to conform to the ERA, regulations for the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act and admitting women to the New Mexico Military Institute.

Her husband, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, and their son and his wife, John and Marlene Parron Bingaman, celebrated this honor with her.